StartingBlock Fitness, LLC
1125 Patrick Henry Drive | Arlington, VA 22205

How we can help You

Approach to Psychotherapy
A word from our Founder/Director, Kitty Wicks, LCSW

StartingBlock Fitness is different than traditional psychotherapy practices because of the capacity to weave fitness and movement into the psychotherapy sessions. Not all clients choose this, some select traditional psychotherapy. However, for those who do, the focus on both mind and body creates a synergy that is extremely successful in treatment.

In addition to a license to practice psychotherapy in Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I also have certificate in personal training. For our clients who choose to do something physical during sessions, we do cardiovascular work (plyometrics and endurance) as well as strength training (weights and body resistance work). In addition to the fitness piece, I have had over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist.

The following treatment perspectives are the ones I am most comfortable helping clients work with: psychodynamic, biopsychosocial, play therapy, person-in-situation modalities, systems modalities, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based therapy, fitness/movement therapy, and DIR/Floortime play therapy. The cornerstone of all treatment is to begin where the client is and work from there.

Our Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Individual Fitness Psychotherapy
  • Diad Social Skills Fitness Psychotherapy (partner pairings to work on social skills or social anxiety along with fitness)
  • Middle School Girls Social Skills Fitness Psychotherapy Group (Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 PM)
  • Middle School Physical Fitness Program (Mondays and Wednesdays 2:45-3:30 PM)
  • High School Boys (reluctant exerciser) Physical Fitness Only Group (Saturdays 4-5:00 PM)
  • Adult Weight Loss Program (for women, meets weekdays for 6 weeks)

Who Do We Serve?

  • Tweens (aged 9-12)
  • Teens (aged 13-19)
  • Young Adults
  • Quarter Life Adults
  • Middle Aged Adults
  • Mothers Transitioning to "Empty Nest"

What Kinds of Concerns Do We Help With?

  • Anxiety/Worry
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Social Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Social Skills Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Identity Issues
  • Body Image Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Regulatory Disorders
  • Empathy Issues/ Personality Disorders
  • Women's Identity Issues/Life Transition Issues
  • Emotional Intensity/Instability
  • Failure to Launch